SQA go digital to congratulate care-experienced candidates' results

Tuesday 04 August 2020

The achievements of care-experienced young people across Scotland, who along with their fellow candidates have received the results for their SQA courses and awards, have been celebrated.

In previous years, SQA has held a special celebration event for care-experienced candidates, at which First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP and Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP, have attended to share their success and present them with their Scottish Qualifications Certificate.

With the ongoing pandemic, this has not been possible this year. However, SQA have found an alternative way to recognise their achievements – through congratulatory messages from SQA staff and their families, and representatives from Who Cares? Scotland and MCR Pathways.

This annual celebration is one of the ways in which SQA works closely with Who Cares? Scotland and MCR Pathways – charities that support young people from care-experienced backgrounds – to uphold their role as proud corporate parents.

John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister of Scotland and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, said: “We want to make Scotland the best place to grow up, by creating a society that nurtures all our young people. Today is an opportunity for our care experienced young people to celebrate their hard work and achievements. This year has been exceptionally challenging but all learners can hold their heads up and move onto the next phase in their life, whether that be further study, employment or training.”

In her video message to care-experienced candidates, SQA Chief Executive, and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer, Fiona Robertson, said: "I’m really sorry that we can’t celebrate in person with you this year. However, we didn’t want to let today go by without wishing you a congratulations on your achievements. A huge well done to you all this year for achieving your SQA results. I hope that you can enjoy today and celebrate your achievements in your own way.”

Laurie Goldie, Training & Education Coordinator, Who Cares? Scotland at Who Cares? Scotland, said: “Everyone at Who Cares? Scotland wants to congratulate you on the achievements you are celebrating today. The best thing about qualifications is that no-one but you own, or secured it. The qualification is yours forever, and we hope you are so very proud of what you have achieved”.

Debby Barry, National Mentoring Services Manager at MCR Pathway’s said: “MCR Pathways would like to extend their congratulations to everyone on their exam results. We're thrilled to be supporting care-experienced young people on exam results day, especially given this year's unusual circumstances. We hope that these grades will bring you one step closer to achieving your goals. We know how hard you've worked this year and we at MCR, your Pathways Coordinators and mentors are all extremely proud of you. Well done!"